Orange County Jimmie Johnson Review

Jimmie Johnson Caps Off Season With 2nd Victory of 1999 Rougemont, NC - Jimmie Johnson came to Orange County with a chance at the 1999 ASA ACDelco Challenge Series Championship. Knowing he had to finish well, Johnson quickly moved up from his...

Jimmie Johnson Caps Off Season With 2nd Victory of 1999

Rougemont, NC - Jimmie Johnson came to Orange County with a chance at the 1999 ASA ACDelco Challenge Series Championship. Knowing he had to finish well, Johnson quickly moved up from his 20th starting place to pick up his 2nd victory of the year, as well as 2nd of his stock car racing career. Johnson had qualified deep in the field, but made a progression to the front from the beginning. Johnson took over the lead on lap 318 in the #44 Pennzoil Monte Carlo and stretched out his lead to over two seconds until a late race caution bunched up the field. Johnson would get a jump on the rest of the leaders and hold on to collect his 2nd win of 1999 in the "North Carolina Sweet Potato 400" at Orange County Speedway. Johnson captured his 6th podium finish of the year in the final event on the American Speed Association (ASA) ACDelco Challenge Series schedule.

Although Johnson collected the victory, Johnson was unable to capitalize on the points leaders, who finished 3rd and 4th. Johnson finished off his 2nd full season in the ASA ACDelco Challenge Series in 3rd place, 64 points behind National Champion, Tim Sauter and 2nd place, Mike Miller. Johnson's points for the year totaled 3,198 for this season.

"This is great. I knew we were capable of another win this season. This #44 Pennzoil Monte Carlo was really strong. Howie (Lettow, Crew Chief) and the guys do a great job preparing this car for me and I am so excited to have brought it home in victory lane for them. The championship wasn't to be, but we had a remarkable season to say the least," Johnson delightfully exclaimed.

Stan Herzog, co-owner of Herzog Motorsports, was equally delighted with Johnson's victory. "Jimmie did an awesome job today. He had to work his way up through the field after a disappointing qualifying effort, but succeeded in bringing the #44 Pennzoil Monte Carlo to the front. We are extremely pleased with the effort of Jimmie and the crew. We look forward to many more celebrations such as this one."

Herzog Motorsports is a successful, championship-winning race team. Based in Los Angeles, California, St. Joseph, Missouri, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Herzog Motorsports fielded two teams on the 1999 ASA ACDelco Challenge Series.

Pennzoil motor oils are manufactured by Pennzoil-Quaker State Company, a leading automotive consumer products company. Pennzoil-Quaker State Company markets premium quality lubricants and some 1,300 other car care products, and is the parent company of Jiffy Lube International, Inc., the world's largest franchiser of fast oil change centers.

The next event for Johnson and the #44 Pennzoil Monte Carlo team will be at the ASA Awards Banquet held at the Opryland Hotel on December 11, 1999. Jimmie and the crew will collect their award as the 3rd place team in points.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Jimmie Johnson , Tim Sauter , Mike Miller